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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Did it come with the carrot "greens"?

about 5 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

So pretty; how did you make the carrots? Piped out?

about 22 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I live in CA and butter prices have really gone up here; I'm lucky if I find Challenge for $4.79 for ONE POUND. (I didn't care for the Kirkland butter.) I tried Trader Joe butter for the first time .. it was only $3.59 or so per lb and I thought it was fine.

Sep 13, 2014
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Let us know if you find a good recipe; now I'm intrigued.

Sep 11, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I like things less sweet. Should I weigh out the cherries, ½ lb like the raw rhubarb? Since I have 3 lbs of cherries, I guess I can make one with 1/8 cup sugar and see if the next one needs more or less sugar.

Should I thaw the cherries, first?

Sep 09, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I've never really liked rhubarb but I'd like to try this smittenkitchen recipe with frozen tart cherries that I just bought at Costco.

In the recipe she says other fruit would need a lot less sugar than the rhubarb: for ½ lb of fruit you add ¼ cup of sugar. The tart cherries have no added sugar (I have not opened the pkg, not tasted them yet). Do you think I should add no sugar to this part or maybe 1/8 of a cup?

Sep 09, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I just bought and tried the raw milk gouda with truffles. From just a taste, I like it but maybe I prefer the Italian with truffles; definitely did not like the cheddar w/truffles.

I really liked the cheese 2-3 months ago, name ends in nost and has a green rind. Haven't seen it since, hope they bring back.

Sep 09, 2014
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I tried the jalapeno one and liked it; not hot. Guess is that anyone who likes spicy food would like it a lot.

Sep 09, 2014
walker in Chains

Nissan 16 oz thermos

I have one of these that I love, had it for years, keeps my tea HOT over 12 hr. I want to get one for a friend; I ordered from Amazon and they keep sending me "Thermos" brand even tho I ordered the "Nissan" brand one. Anyone know of a store in SF Bay area where they stock these?

Sep 05, 2014
walker in Cookware

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

To me they look GORGEOUS!!

Sep 04, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

site forgetting "read" posts

Happened to me too, today.

Sep 04, 2014
walker in Site Talk

Rickybobby .. Incredibly delicious..corner of Haight/Webster [San Francisco]

How could I forget the biscuits! Ties with cheeseburger for favorite .. I'd be extremely proud of myself if I could make biscuits like these, maybe the best I've ever eaten. We had it with warmed honey/butter. You can also order with sausage gravy. (I have many recipes for biscuits to try, haven't tackled yet. Any idea how these are made? I'll have to ask next time I go.)

Aug 31, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

I think he's just honestly pointing out facts from his point of view, his experience with the place. Whether it's negative or positive, he's just informing us, being honest. I appreciate it. I also know it's difficult to make a profit with the terribly high rents landlords can command here.

Aug 30, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

I just think it's not as frantic at 1 pm but they have not yet begun to run out of stuff .. at least at Yank Sing.

Rickybobby .. Incredibly delicious..corner of Haight/Webster [San Francisco]

Key Lime Pie was delicious, not overly sweet.

Aug 30, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

SF minimum wage is almost $11 hr.

I heard Eduardo's went out of business; I have not been able to find it anywhere.

Aug 30, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Ditto for Yank Sing, 101 Spear location, near Ferry Bldg. They take reservations .. best time around 1 pm, don't sit in the lobby.

Aug 30, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Rickybobby .. Incredibly delicious..corner of Haight/Webster [San Francisco]

I finally got to try this place last night. Sometimes they are closed when they are scheduled to be open, another time I forgot they are closed on Sundays (Mondays, too).

If you like real hamburgers, this is it! They grind the meat themselves and grind bacon in .. I forgot to ask if it's possible to get a burger w/out bacon, probably not; this place is fond of pork. They even make their own pickles. Only $12.

We also got the truffle oil/parm french fries but for me, the smell was overpowering and fries were limp. They have regular fries, too. Other tables were ordering the sweet potato tater tots. We ordered the heirloom tomato/burrata toast and the first order was over salted but they were happy to bring out another with less salt (and I do like salt!). Really perfectly ripe, tasty tomatoes.

I got a key lime pie to go but haven't tasted it yet but it looks good. Prices are very fair and I have nothing but good things to say about our servers. We got there right at 6 pm when they opened because no res. and place gets loud.

Aug 30, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I was dying to make this last year and then found out the Italian plums were out of season. I just made it a couple of weeks ago and it was easy and so delicious. As she says in the blog, it gets even better after a day or two as the plums release their juices into the cake part.

I'm sure it'd be good subbing other stone fruit or berries, just not citrus.

Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

I'm only partly successful with recipes on Evernote. I think I'm too dumb for the Evernote dummies book .. just looked at the latest edition. Evernote people told me about an E book but I need a real book in my hand while I'm working on computer.

So, there are Stacks, then Notebooks, then Notes .. I don't like their system of naming, I think "stacks" is lame.

How did you learn to use it? I haven't tried all the YouTube postings.

Aug 28, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

It's hard to bat 100 but I have never had less than outstanding customer service from TJ, WF, and Costco. I live in San Francisco.

Aug 28, 2014
walker in Chains

Grocery Outlet August, 2014

Thank you; I love their President salted (and sea salt one) French butter. Do you have any idea how long frozen butter will keep?

Aug 28, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

This looks terrific; I want to make it .. any helpful tips for me?

Aug 27, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

Murray Circle recently? [Sausalito]

I haven't been .. yet .. but it was featured on Check Please, Bay Area and I believe all 3 liked it a lot. You can watch it on-line.

Aug 26, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Yes, the spice is very mild and the chips too thin for me, would not be a repeat buy. I really like the reduced guilt potato chips, very crunchy and I prefer over all other chips.

Aug 26, 2014
walker in Chains

May 2014 COTM - My Bombay Kitchen: Fish and Seafood/Meat and Poultry

I just made this dish again tonight. When will I learn to make notations on recipes? This recipe makes twice as much sauce as necessary. Very strange. I love the flavors but since I forget these details, I just forced myself to note to put 1/2 the coconut milk and water.

Aug 25, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

Have you ever made Boston Cream Pie?

I made the Saveur recipe and would not make it again. I don't know how much was my fault, how much was the recipe's.

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CAKE
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
1½ cups flour, plus more for pan
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs
⅔ cup buttermilk

FOR THE FILLING AND GLAZE
1 cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved
6 egg yolks
1½ cups milk
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. 60-percent bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Make the cake: Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9″ round cake pan; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed of a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each, until smooth. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk in 3 batches, beginning and ending with dry ingredients; beat until just combined. Pour into pan; smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, and then invert onto a wire rack; let cool completely.

2. Make the filling: Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla seeds in a 4-qt. saucepan; add yolks, and whisk until smooth. Stir in milk, and place pan over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and add butter one cube at a time, whisking until smooth; stir in vanilla extract. Transfer pudding to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap; chill until firmed, at least 2 hours.

3. Make the glaze and assemble cake: Place chocolate in a bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a 1-qt. saucepan over high heat; pour over chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Slowly stir chocolate and cream until smooth and shiny; set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Using a serrated knife, split cake horizontally into two layers so that the top layer is slightly smaller than the bottom. Spread chilled pudding over cut side of bottom layer and cover with top layer; pour chocolate glaze evenly over cake, letting it drip down the side of the cake. Refrigerate cake until glaze is set, at least 30 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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The cake was too dense and the custard was way too sweet.

Here's a photo

Aug 25, 2014
walker in Home Cooking

Best one-stop supermarket?

I think the fish/meat department at both Berkeley Bowls stink .. I make sure not to get too close.

At Bryan's there is no odor.

Aug 23, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Best one-stop supermarket?

From the Richmond District it's about min. 15 minutes just to get on the bridge.

If You are going to visit Berkeley and like the best produce outside of a farmer's mkt, be sure to go to Monterey Market on Hopkins. Great prices, too.

I rarely go to Andronico anymore .. sky high prices, produce that gets rained on too much. The only place I go to for fish, chicken, meats is Bryan's at Calif/Laurel but prices for everything in the store really high but the meats are the best quality.

For fresh produce for reasonable prices, go to 22nd/Irving mkt across the park into the beginning of the Sunset district.

Paper products, etc. I go to Target .. there's one at Geary/Masonic .. limited selection. I like the bigger one in Colma.

I wish I could go to just one store. I do like the cheese selection at Trader Joe .. my favorite one is at Calif/Hyde. Very helpful/friendly staff, very clean spacious store. I never go to the one on Masonic .. you have to fight, wait in long line just to drive into the parking lot.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Do you think that's too much or too little?

Aug 23, 2014
walker in Chains